Reader: Trader Joe's is finally coming. Would you drive to Boulder to shop there?

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It's official: Yesterday, Trader Joe's confirmed that it will open its first Colorado location at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder: a 14,000-square-foot store that is slated to open in 2013 at 1906 28th Street, where an Applebee's is currently located.

Although the future Boulder store isn't yet listed on Trader Joe's "opening soon" page, the Front Range has been buzzing about finally getting a branch of the California-based outfit, which has more than 365 stores around the country. But some heretics have suggested that Trader Joe's isn't worth the wait; on Monday, we posted a comment from TJ that "TJ is not as great as it is made out to be.".

That inspired this from NoBo Bear:

I'm with TJ re: TJ's. They're OK, nothing really special, have some different/nice things. They're the grocery equivalent of In-N-Out: OK, not the best, but has a cult following that talks it up all the time.

Now, if CO got Central Markets, THAT'S a grocery store that has it going on.

But fans of Trader Joe's were quick to respond. Says Retiree:


Nobo, PLEASE DON'T GO TO TRADER JOE'S. The lines will be way too long as it is.

And then there's this from Alan, who apparently takes issue with my choosing TJ's original quote to highlight:


I am sorry that Pat doesn't know great when she sees it. It's sad to fine one so miss informed. I suggest that she should stay away from the trader if it is so terrible.

For the record, I've enjoyed shopping at Trader Joe's stores while in the Chicago area and Tucson...but I probably wouldn't make a special trip to Boulder to shop at one. Would you? Post your comment below, or join the conversation already under way here.



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Retiree
Retiree

Hey, if we drove to Santa Fe a couple times a year to stock up, what's a thirty minute drive to Boulder? We'll definitely go!

Scott
Scott

No chance, but I'd definitely stop by if I were going to Boulder anyway.  Hopefully they don't use their one liquor license for the Boulder store, but if they did I'd pick up a case of 2 buck chuck and some of their frozen mac and cheese.

Mantonat
Mantonat

$2/$3 Buck Chuck is about as good as the price indicates. I'd rather drink Bud Light Cheladas for the same price.

Scott
Scott

I think it's as good as most bottles in the $10 price range.  Enjoy your cheladas.

Sbuckyl
Sbuckyl

It is no where near as good as a decent 10 dollar bottle of wine. For 10 dollars you can get incredible Chilean, Portuguese, Spanish or even Italian wines. Hell, you can even find a lot of decent 10 dollar bottles of wine at trader joes. But the various varieties of 2 buck ( actually 3 or 4 buck almost everywhere outside of California) Chuck are generally awful wines.

tropicalchrome
tropicalchrome

Not only would I drive there, I will. It's a LOT closer than Santa Fe, NM.

Mark W
Mark W

Yep, good stuff for half the price of what you pay at Whole Paycheck

IheartTJs
IheartTJs

Absolutely! When I lived outside of Philly about 10 yearsago, I found my first TJ's just down the road about 3 miles. Afew years later, I moved to Staten Island and closest TJ’s was in Manhattan or Westfield,NJ. It was too tough to drag all my TJ’s loot through the subway and then theferry to shop in Manhattan. Instead, once a month, my husband and I would pay the$10 bridge toll, drive 20 miles one way on the crazy Garden State Parkway andback just to shop at TJ’s. Since moving to Denver, we have been without our fixfor about 5 years, aside from jamming suitcases full of coffee, nuts, and jamson an occasional trip near one. In summary, just a measly little easy ride fromDenver to Boulder, hells yea I’ll be doing it!! There no magic at Sunflower, Spouts, Whole Paycheck of Vitamin Cottage that's even conparable to that at TJ's.  They're apples and organges.

cmack23
cmack23

spouts? apples and organges is that an offshoot of the ganges?  Anyways, disagree, not worth the gas or drive, you want great natural food...grow a garden, stop at a farmers market, but for frozen dinners and nuts, any old grocery store will do.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I think IheartTJs meant "apples and/or Ganges," which I am going to start using whenever someone tries to compare two things that aren't very similar. 

Trader Joe's vs. Vitamin Cottage? It's like comparing apples and/or Ganges! Way less similar than apples and oranges.

IheartTjs
IheartTjs

Sprouts, kill me, I forgot the 'r' and had a typo or two. I'm clearly not as profound as you you are with your run on sentences.  Obviously your mother never taught any manners. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  Also, I didn't say anything about 'natural' foods. Go to your any old grocery store if you like so I can sleep at night knowing I will never run into you at TJs.  You're entitled to your opinion, just like I'm entitled to mine.

Aceranchero
Aceranchero

No, I would not. Spending money on gas driving to Boulder for gimmicky and/or average quality food—ostensibly to save money—makes no effin' sense. Convert your gas money to better food magically by going to your nearest Sunflower or Whole Foods. 

David
David

Sit on my butt for an hour and burn a crap-load of fossil fuels just to go to a "natural grocer?" Hell no.

Retiree
Retiree

David, please do us a favor and stay on your butt. The lines will be too long as it is.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Do they claim to be a "natural grocer?" I didn't see anything on their website.

If truth in advertising applied to store names, Whole Foods would have to change it's name to Expensive Processed Meals. Trader Joe's could then counter with Cheap Processed Meals. I've only shopped at a Trader Joe's once, but what I noticed most was their vast array of store-labeled frozen and prepared food items. I think they cater mainly to people who don't like to cook. 

GFTW
GFTW

I'll happily burn those fossil fuels, but I'm sure The Peoples Republic will have banned cars by then.

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